Another big sister post! Yay! 😀
My last post of this sort seemed to be a success, so hopefully you guys will enjoy this one as well.
And I had fun finding gifs, too. 😛
Starting us off at number ten:
10. Learning to roll with it
Flexibility’s the word, people. Anything can change within the space of 5 minutes. Anything. Someone might randomly start throwing up. Someone might suddenly decide that they’re starving or that they need to go to the bathroom.
The whole day’s plans might change because your cow got out in the neighbor’s field and you have to go spend hours chasing it away in the rain.
Whatever happens, optimism is key. Even if everyone else loses theirs, sometimes it just takes a well timed joke or comment to cheer everyone up.
- Costco know-how (secondarily including Food Co-op)
Our family probably knows more about Costco than some of the employees. We know where any given thing is in the store upon its mention. We have the fastest routes through the store planned out to locate said thing. And once we have it, our estimations of Mom’s location in the store are generally pretty good.
Not to mention the exact opening times and locations of all sample booths. Very important for hungry little people. 😛
- Physical toughness
There’s the matter of strength. (You’ve got to have pretty strong arms after a while with all the baby carrying.)
And then there’s the matter of how much of a beating you can take from your siblings. Surprisingly, over half of these incidents are accidental, but all the made up games we come up with account for a lot.
Running into rocks . . . throwing blankets over each other and running around blindly . . . jumping from bed to bed . . . going off unsteady bike jumps . . . jumping onto already swinging trapezes . . . seeing how close you could get to punching someone without their blinking.
I got away pretty unscathed except for with that last one. I didn’t even know what they were doing when John runs up to me, says “Hey, Rosey! Try not to blink!” and promptly nails me on the nose.
Little brothers would make this a bit higher priority on the list.
- Language skills
With every new baby comes a whole new language that must be learned. It’s never the same. There are special gibberish names for everyone (I’ve been Wosey, Wishy, Wisy, Wadee and just plain old “E” before siblings could say my name) and names for favorite toys and foods that certainly no one outside the family will understand.
A few of Faith’s current terms:
Hobbit/Ha-peet= Pick me up
Peas-ha= Peas (her favorite snack)
Doo-doos and Buckle= Ginger and Bullwinkle, our dogs
Doppit= Stop it
And you never know when a new word might pop up that must be translated. Be always ready.
- A good memory (and good detective skills as backup)
Things get lost, folks. Lots of things get lost. Possibly important things get lost. And if you don’t find them, either they will be squirreled away to some secret stash of Peter’s or no one will ever find them.
But if you have a good memory for that sort of stuff, you can both keep track of your things and make friends by finding other people’s things.
- Salesmanship and a general way with words
It’s really handy to master this on at least a small level. The applications are endless: Trying to get your favorite movie watched on movie night. Getting little siblings to be good little underlings help you out on a project. Having a book you like be the next read-aloud. If you’re lucky, you can even get little picky eaters enthused about broccoli soup.
In other words, it’s good to be glib. 😛
- Referee skills
As much as everyone is awesome and has a great time together most of the time, there is inevitably going to be fights. Who’s Lego brick is who’s or who had the toy car first . . . stuff like that. (Among little people, of course. The older ones barely ever have those problems any more.) I tell you, my logical reasoning books come in surprisingly handy.
Learn to see both sides of the argument. Listen to both individually and figure out what actually happened before administering calm justice. Or, in a worst case scenario, escorting both parties to their date with destiny a.k.a the wooden spoon.
- Good listening
People have things to say. And they’re really quite interesting if you take the time to actually listen. Even if they’re just 6 and have to tap you every few seconds to make sure you’re still paying attention.
Really, I can easily say that the majority of really memorable, interesting conversations I’ve had have been within my family. There are the ever present moral and ethical conversations at the dinner table. There are the movie and/or book discussions after finishing one or the other. And there are the talks about why I don’t like Cat Stevens while we’re cleaning the kitchen. Or fictional villains while brushing our teeth.
Yep. Lots of fun.
Applicable on so many levels I can’t even begin to count. Little people are selectively slow and sometimes it takes a long time for anyone to get anything done. Just . . . be patient. It’s really quite funny if you look at it the right way.
- Loving everyone for who they are
What it all boils down to, really.
So many God-given, fun and different personalities and everyone is so fun and special in their own way.
We have the artist, the mad scientist, the romantic, the puzzle genius, the motorhead, the drama queen, the total people person, Mom and Dad (who are total MBTI opposites) . . . and me. The one who was hopefully able to write this all up well.
Hope you all enjoyed!
How many siblings do you have? What skills would you add to the list?